$11.7m judgment against Spamhaus slashed to $27,000
A federal judge has handed a major victory to anti-spam crusaders Spamhaus, slashing an $11.7m verdict to just $27,002.
NHS still rubbish at caring for data
The Information Commissioner's Office has again warned the NHS that it is not doing enough to safeguard patients' data.
NASA: Civilization will end in 2013 (possibly)
In 2013, the earth will be attacked from space, with one possible outcome being mind-bogglingly severe disruption to our tech-centric way of life.
Ten Essential... 500GB Portable Hard Drives
Product Round-upPortable hard drives may not offer the capacity or speed of their desktop siblings, but for laptop owners looking for handy back-up space or extra storage capacity, they're a must.
Ubuntu's Koala food mixes with Windows VMs
Eucalyptus Systems — the open source outfit that mimics Amazon's so-called compute cloud inside private data centers — has released a major upgrade to its commercial product, Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition.
AMD shoots low and wide with Opteron 4100s
The x64 server chip refresh cycle may feel done, but there's still one more to go to finish the work that Intel and Advanced Micro Devices started in March. AMD is getting ready to launch its "Lisbon" Opteron 4100 processors, which are slated for delivery sometime in the third quarter.
Nuke lab tests flashy HPC server cluster
It's Flashturbation of a different kind. US nuke lab Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has tapped longtime HPC cluster partner Appro International to custom-build a 100 TB flash-based storage system for its Hyperion x64 testbed cluster.
NetApp improves SANscreen for virtualised environments
NetApp has improved its SANscreen storage management product to show the effects of using thin provisioning and deduplication technologies, and integrated it with BMC's Atrium to help BMC users respond to degraded service levels.
Feds block sale of crooks' favourite messaging client
AOL's sale of ICQ messaging software to Russian firm Digital Sky Technologies might yet be blocked by US authorities, which fear losing access to transcripts from the criminal fraternity's favoured messaging product.
New crew pursue ISS
The trio of International Space Station Expedition 24 flight engineers blasted off yesterday at 21:35 GMT from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Virident's tachIOn SSD flashes by
Virident Systems has announced its tachIOn solid state drive (SSD) that comes as a PCIe-connect card with a claimed two to four times IOPS advantage over Fusion-io and LSI/Seagate PCIe products.
Microsoft justifies lost Office 2010 upgrades
Microsoft has briefly explained why it's killed a tried and tested way for loyal consumers to obtain a new edition of Office for a low price.
Cops collar 178 over £17m credit card crimes
Cops across Europe, the US and Australia have collared 178 people in an operation to smash an international fake credit card production network turning over more than £17m.
Nintendo shows off 3D DS
Nintendo has introduced the - not unexpected - 3D-enabled version of its DS handheld console.
AT&T iPad 'hacker' arrested for 'drugs possession'
One of the hackers behind the AT&T iPad security breach has been arrested after police allegedly discovered cocaine, ecstasy and LSD during a search of his home.
Virtual management? It's complicated
Sysadmin BlogVirtualisation is complicated. I am not talking here about implementation, or even the concepts or technologies underpinning virtualisation. I am talking about the realities of managing and maintaining a virtualised infrastructure.
Adaptec disappearing down rabbit hole
The remnants of adapter company Adaptec, having sold its RAID adapter business to PMC-Sierra, is leaving storage further behind as it becomes a Steele Partners shell for financial operations.
iPad beats BlackBerry for browsing
Apple's iPad is now generating more web traffic than RIM's BlackBerry in North America, though at least a BlackBerry can do other things too.
iSoft shuffles board as shares continue to fall
iSoft shares continued to fall yesterday despite a supposedly reassuring update from the health provider.
Easy-peasy science GCSEs binned
Science GCSEs set to replace the pack of dumbed down current exams have been rejected for being too easy.
Did the iPad just save Wired, and Conde-Nast?
Saving the whole of the newspaper industry is a big ask, even for a "magical and revolutionary" device, but there might just be hope for the magazine business. The rapaciously-priced ($4.99 for this month's issue) iPad edition of Wired has comfortably outsold the somewhat cheaper print edition, and it's not even ad-free. On the contrary...
Sony prices up PlayStation Move
Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller will arrived on UK shop shelves on 15 September, debuting at €30 (£25).
Philippines declare war on cyberlingo
The government of the Philippines has declared "all out war" on what it considers a major threat to the purity of English - the "jejemon" invasion of social networks and mobe text messaging.
Twitter promises to stay up for World Cup
Twitter admits it has had its worst month since last October for downtime but promises it will do its best to stay up and running for World Cup games.
Sony confirms subscriptions coming to Playstation Network
Sony is to start charging for access to the PlayStation Network.
Opera pushes out 10.6 preview
Opera has released a public beta of its next browser release, 10.6 - featuring support for royalty-free WebM video and HTML5 offline web apps. This will be the next major milestone for Linux and BSD users, since Opera is skipping an official 10.5 release for those platforms.
BT signs first smart meter deal
BT has joined the gathering feeding frenzy around smart metering of utilities with its first ever deal to provide the necessary internet connectivity, to a minimum of 10,000 meters.
Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue
The faithful of Ohio were left contemplating a message from above this week after a bolt of lightning hit a 60 foot high statue of Jesus, reducing it to a smouldering steel skeleton.
Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'
Those of you who fancy playing Star Wars or who have a currently unarmed shark knocking about the house might be interested in the Wicked Lasers Spyder III Pro Arctic - a real-life "lightsabre" capable of inflicting some serious damage:
Breaking Google's last taboo
Google has traditionally charged into other business areas with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. This isn't always a bad thing: there are plenty of cosy industries that are ripe for a shake-up, and advertising is one of the cosiest. But there's one area that's been strictly taboo.
Radiation warning labels for deadly mobes!
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance that will require warning labels on mobile phones, indicating their radiative output especially for the scientifically-illiterate and paranoid.
Currency moves cost small biz dear
Small business owners in the UK blame currency movements for threatening their ability to export goods - or at least to export goods profitably.
Orange outs iPhone 4 pricing
Orange has posted its iPhone 4 tariffs, but you'll need to spend big to get one of the handsets for free.
Alleged Biden threat spoofer drops plea deal
The tech-savvy man accused of emailing threats to US Vice President Joe Biden, spoofed from his neighbour's account, has upped the stakes of the legal ordeal he faces.
Sony Ericsson unveils yoof-oriented Xperia
Sony Ericsson has introduced its latest Android-based Xperia smartphone: the X8.
Developers twitchy as wait for Symbian^3 goes on and on
Nokia's forthcoming N8 smartphone will certainly have market leading hardware specs, but the real challenge for the firm is to convince developers of its software credentials.
Police complaints body gets a kicking for FOI law-breaking
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been given a truncheoning for ignoring Freedom of Information requests from the public.
HTC speaks out on Hero Android 2 update
Still awaiting the promised Android 2 update for your HTC Hero smartphone? Here's what HTC has to say about it:
Burger van busted offering free takeaway porn
Police are pondering just what charges two East Yorkshire men will face after they were nabbed giving away free porn DVDs from a burger van in Driffield.
Dot Hill: Troubles and prospects
CommentDot Hill sold 125,000 entry-level array subsystems - good news. The bad news is it's restructuring and sacking a tenth of its workforce to staunch losses - and it's partnering with Xiotech in an opaque technology agreement with no clarity over which of them will deliver product. So what on earth is going on?
Violin Memory gobbles up Gear6
Violin Memory, which makes network-attached flash memory arrays, has bought Gear6, a web and NFS caching technology company. We might see a flash NAS as a result.
Android and iPhone bite into Nokia Q2 results
Nokia has been having a worse year than expected, reminding the world that it's a tough market out there.
Street View snooping sparks new watchdog site
The row over Google's Street View network sniffing, along with European proposals to keep browsing history, has led Privacy International to set up a new website which aims to harness technical knowledge and skills to push forward debate on these issues.
Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 gaming network card
ReviewBigfoot Networks’ new Killer 2100 is more than just an Ethernet card as it features a network-processing unit designed to reduce lag when on-line gaming. The manufacturer’s claim the benefit is improved performance in games with high network traffic: think MMOs in crowded cities or raids. To try out this card, I tested it in the World of Warcraft Dalaran City on about 10 different occasions.
HP bulks up software for hybrid infrastructures
HP has revved its BSM (Business Service Management) product - software which, HP says, provides a two-way lens through which line-of-business (LOB) managers and IT staff can each understand the other's view of business service priorities and IT infrastructures supporting those services.
Got an iPhone 4 yet? No? You're gonna have to wait now
iPhone 4 wannabes who blinked, or most likely were hit with an error message, will now have to wait until next month before they can get their hands on one of the coveted talking lightboxes.
Apple apologizes for iPhone 4 gaffe
On Wednesday morning, Apple released a straightforward apology for Tuesday's series of iPhone 4 pre-order cock-ups.
TomTom slashes LIVE subs
TomTom is offering new TomTom LIVE sign-ups free services for a year - and is halving annual subscription costs to £47.50.
IDC: 2010 PC sales will top 2008 peak
Happy days are not only here again in PC Land for 2010, but apparently the party is going to continue for the next five years as far as the forecasts coming out of market researcher IDC are concerned.
Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 update problems surface
There are scattered reports of problems with Apple's Snow Leopard update that was released yesterday. Ah, tradition.
Firefox's oldest friend dumps it for Google Chromium
Flock — the so-called social web browser — has dumped its traditional Firefox core in favor of Chromium, the open source incarnation of Google's Chrome browser.
Eastern European banks under attack by next-gen crime app
Banks in Russia and Ukraine are under continued siege by criminal gangs wielding a sophisticated, next-generation exploitation kit that hacks the financial institutions' authentication system and then hits it with a denial-of-service attack.
IBM buys Coremetrics for web analytics
IBM has added another arrow to its data analytics quiver with the acquisition of Coremetrics, a specialist in the area of web analytics relating to product marketing.
Privacy watchdog pack demands Facebook close the 'app gap'
A small mob of privacy advocacy groups have called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to do more to protect user privacy by giving users more control over the way their personal information is turned over to third parties.
Oracle's Java police derailed by Google TV
While the authorities governing Java fiddle, the power is passing to another: Google.
Mega ISP Verizon punts sky-high storage
Mega ISP Verizon has unveiled its own on-demand storage service, dubbed — in predictable fashion — Verizon Cloud Storage.
Microsoft inks search pact with...Opera
Microsoft has inked a deal with arch-nemesis Opera Software, convincing the Norwegians to make Bing one of the, um, "default search engine choices" on their latest desktop browser.